Catalogue 2021 - 2022

SW 100 Introduction to Social Work


3 cr.

Course Description

This is an introduction to the development of the social work profession including its body of knowledge, values, ethics, and skills. Students learn about core practice concepts such as person-in-environment, generalist practice, and systems theory, and they explore the settings where social work practice takes place, problems and issues requiring social work intervention, and social work practice at particular stages of human growth and development. The course addresses the impact of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, abilities, and culture on human functioning. An emphasis is placed on helping students assess their motivation to pursue a career in social work.


This course is a prerequisite.